July 5 - August 6, 2021

Due to COVID-19 NYS travel quarantine regulations, Ithaca Young Writers Institute will offer fully online instruction and student engagement. 

July 5 - August 6, 2021

Unlike most other young writers conferences or precollege summer writing programs, which focus primarily on creative writing, the Ithaca Young Writers Institute hosts a wide range of both creative and professional writing courses, from poetry to publishing, building on Ithaca College’s reputation for blending praxis with the arts. Taught by the distinguished faculty of the College’s Department of Writing, with assistance from the department’s most talented undergraduates, the curriculum mirrors the department’s own unique curriculum, giving aspiring young writers an immersive conference experience in an authentic college atmosphere.

Students will experience a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous core genre workshops, craft classes, and literary magazine production led by IC Writing faculty and IC writing student TAs. 

Incoming first-year IC students and high school students are eligible.

Precollege students: Apply Now.

  • Deadline to apply - June 15
  • Program fee: $1,080
  • Seats are limited!

Admitted IC students starting their Writing degree fall 2021, sign up for the Ithaca Young Writers Institute here.

Meeting days and times will be scheduled via Zoom (available as a free download) up to three regular one-hour sessions each week. 

"Ithaca was the highlight of my summer."

Michelle Kvetnoy

Students will be in a home workshop focusing on the genre of their choice:

Students complete asynchronous modules of craft classes such as the below (schedule varies by year) that allow them to experiment across the genres:

In the evenings, they may participate in a student reading series and interact directly with visiting writers and publishing professionals who have expert insight into the craft and business of writing.

The Ithaca Writers Institute is a place where promising students come together to celebrate, study, and practice the creation of literature, laying the foundation for a successful life of writing.

Meet the Director

Jaime Warburton (MFA, Sarah Lawrence College) has taught Writing at Ithaca College for the past nine years. A poet who has also worked as a lexicographer, Jaime loves language and the precision its creative use can bring to expression. Her poems, stories, and essays have been published widely in journals such as Storyscape, North American Review, and The Southeast Review; her chapbook Note That They Cannot Live Happily is available from Split Oak Press.

At IC, Jaime teaches classes ranging from Argument to Poetics as well as advising several student organizations, directing the Writing Center, working in the Summer College for High School Students, and helping students transition to college through the Ithaca Seminar program. She is also a proud alumna of IC.

Contact Us

Jaime Warburton, Institute Faculty Director: jwarburton@ithaca.edu

Martha Van de Wall, Business Coordinator

Campus Location
Office of International and Extended Studies
Job Hall 202
Fax: 866-924-6272

Mailing Address
Ithaca College - Ithaca Young Writers Institute
Office of International and Extended Studies
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850